Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran

Image: Image of Imagination 5, by Bahman Jalali

International Arts & Artists (IA&A) has funded a traveling exhibit of Iranian photography that started making the rounds in late 2005 and looks like it will continue on through 2008 or 2009. Co-curated by Gary Hallman of the University of Minnesota and Hamid Severi of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Persian Visions includes the work of twenty renowned Iranian photographers (unfortunately, just two are women) and, according to the IA&A, will represent a photographic departure from “the way many foreign photographers use the medium–which is to represent Iran and its people as purely exotic.” There’s a cool sampling of some of the exhibit’s images available online.

A list of booked museums is available on the IA&A website’s exhibit details page. It’s interesting to note that we first read about this on USINFO, which is a service of the U.S. State Department. Yes, you read that right, and it’s particularly interesting in light of the exhibit’s expressed aim of de-mystifying Iran to Americans, which doesn’t seem a particularly high priority for the State Department. We’re interested in seeing this exhibit ourselves; have any Pars Arts readers seen it? If so, please let us know what you thought!

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